The Kilachand Curriculum
The Kilachand curriculum invites students to formulate and discuss questions of scientific, social, ethical, and aesthetic significance and share their conclusions with a broad audience. Through a combination of seminars, lectures, break-out discussions, and experiential opportunities, students hone their creative and critical thinking skills and apply them to problems of contemporary relevance. The following comprise Kilachand’s academic requirements. Below you will also find our Curriculum Map.
Seminars and Studio
Over the course of their first year, students select two seminars from an array of options in which they take an intensive, multi-dimensional look at contemporary political, literary, biomedical, public health, engineering, or artistic questions. In parallel to the seminars, first-year writing Studios engage students through textual analysis, composition, and revision.
In the second or third year, students examine global challenges with a team of faculty representing multiple disciplines. They explore solutions to some fundamental problems facing human societies, such as climate change, global health concerns, and refugee crises that are best understood in an interdisciplinary context.
The Process of Inquiry
In the second or third year, students explore scholarly research and the creative process by studying a variety of methodologies and applying them to contemporary issues. Students gain an understanding of what constitutes data in various disciplines and how to evaluate the data, facts, and statistics they see every day.
People in Process
In the fourth year, students take the People in Process sequence, which offers students the opportunity to delve into the biographies and influence of particular people – some well-known, others less so. Both courses are grounded in the liberal arts commitment to critical inquiry, textual sophistication, and interdisciplinarity. The central ideas behind these courses are to offer inspiring examples of individuals who have left their fingerprints on history, examine more deeply and critically the mutual entailments of life and work, and to probe more carefully notions of choice, how change happens (or doesn’t happen), and what is perceived as impact and by whom.
There are various pathways through which Kilachand students can complete the Kilachand Keystone Project. Regardless of pathway, students should aim for the highest standards of the discipline or interdisciplinary area they select and all Kilachand students present their work at the annual Kilachand Symposium. Students pursuing the Kilachand Keystone Project pathway enroll in Proposal Workshop in their third year and Keystone Directed Study in their fourth year to support their research process.
Ordinarily, Kilachand students will satisfy a majority of their BU Hub requirements through the Kilachand curriculum. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied from a wide range of available courses within and outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences.
Kilachand students should consult with their Kilachand advisor to discuss how Kilachand will be their unique pathway through the BU Hub.
During their time at Kilachand, students engage in various co-curricular events that provide them with the opportunity to interact with committed, stimulating, and accomplished intellectuals, artists, and professionals in ways that complement the curriculum and provide insight into the backstory of scientific, artistic, technological, and political activities.